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Star of Bethlehem

Ornithogalum

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Star of Bethlehem are grown as cut flower and potted plant crops throughout the world. A relatively new crop, Ornithogalum is favored for its unusual flower shapes, coloration, and use for holiday (Christmas) floral designs. The leaves are variable, ranging from grass-like to strap-shaped. While the inflorescence is a raceme, its appearance changes due to varying floret peduncle lengths. Most flowers within the genus are primarily white or yellow with a midrib stripe. Flower breeders have created new colors with interspecific hybridization including orange and orange-red. Phenotypic traits requiring future improvement include plant height, flower color, disease and virus susceptibility.

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  • White Flower
  • Agricultural Research Council
  • South African Species
  • Flower Bulb

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Littlejohn, G.M. (2007). Star of Bethlehem. In: Anderson, N.O. (eds) Flower Breeding and Genetics. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4428-1_27

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